Summer 2011

Outside Bozeman Summer 2011 cover biking mountain bike

From canoeing Gallatin whitewater to camping deep in Yellowstone's backcountry, the Summer 2011 issue is all about adventure: hiking, biking, rafting from Gardiner to Billings, and fishing an alpine stream deep in the Taylor-Hilgards. Misadventure, too - check out harrowing tales of getting crippled in the Crazies and being lost atop the Beartooths plateau in a blizzard. Plus the usual assortment of summer activities, health & fitness tips, gear & apparel reviews, and much, much more. Cover photographer Bob Allen captures his wife Estela Allen riding the S. Cottonwood trail on a glorious summer afternoon.

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Robbins, Gary
A float trip down the Yellowstone River had been tumbling through my mind for eight or ten years. Finally, in 2009 when I had just about given up on the possibility, the perfect group came together. Each of us was over 60 and in semi-retirement, and we all had three weeks off to camp, fish, and... Details
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Patrick Wherritt, Jr.
I couldn’t believe my eyes. Here I was, languidly enjoying coffee at 10am after spending the night at a designated backcountry campsite on Slough Creek, when the backpackers who reserved the site for that evening began loitering at the edge of it, waiting for me to pack up and leave. Apparently I... Details
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Kessler, Jerry
A high-alpine misadventure.Like the fabled mountain man Jim Bridger once quipped, “I can’t ever remember being lost, but I do recall being considerably confused for a few days.” I can attest to not knowing exactly where I have been on a number of occasions, but the only time I really felt lost was... Details
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Hathaway, Joel
The Crazy Mountains run north to south through Montana in a seemingly perfect angular form, like the bottom of a carnivore’s jaw. And though highways run parallel to the range on two sides, no road traverses them. They are steep, rocky, foreboding mountains—mountains that keep the people and... Details
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Mike England
From our vantage point a quarter-mile upstream, Doug and I could see the whitecaps: a long lane of foaming whitewater separated from the main surge by a thin strip of land. Several kayakers milled about, taking turns surfing the various waves; one of them spotted us and within seconds a small crowd... Details

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Henan, Jacob
Legendary fly fisherman and conservationist Bud Lilly is at it again—this time, he’s spearheading a new fishing access site on the Gallatin River designed specifically for veterans. It’s called the Veterans’ Fishing Park, and on May 16, the American Legion Posts of Bozeman, Belgrade, and Manhattan... Details
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Babcock, Adam
I saw the two bears from the road while driving. Like a proper tourist, I stopped right in the middle of the road. Since I was on a curve, I did the responsible thing—I turned on my hazards. A minivan drove by and nearly swiped my mirror, so I pulled over another foot and a half, which was as much... Details
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Muennich, Pete
The clock starts and dogs bolt into the field with their masters close behind. It’s a perfect bluebird day here at the National Shoot to Retrieve Association (NSTRA) field trial, and the energy level is already sky-high. As Jim Wiitala, NSTRA Big Sky region chairman, takes to the field, he executes... Details
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Villasenor-Allen, Estela
It’s a bluebird summer afternoon, hot and dry. As you jog down the dirt road to Beartrap Canyon, every passing car slows to a crawl and gives you the standard Montana wave—and all remains right with the world. But then you hear it: around a bend, the roaring crunch of gravel. As you pull your shirt... Details
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Hester, Charley
Every summer, as the streams clear from the muddy spring runoff, I get a powerful urge to hike and fish the alpine lakes and streams of southwest Montana. Last July, my first foray into the high country was thwarted by a grizzly cub 50 feet ahead of me. The cub looked at me and then went scurrying... Details
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Atteberry, Katherine
There's no better time to get your gear organized. You’ll know immediately what you have and be able to access it quickly and easily… not to mention the money you'll save on not repurchasing what you already have. So here are some easy steps toward getting things in order and making more time for... Details
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Pape, Jay
If you’re looking for a new perspective on life, some folks might suggest getting high. But when it comes to photography, this takes on a whole new meaning for Bozeman photographers Jim Harris and Chris Boyer. Using towers, helicopters, and airplanes, these artists take powerful aerial images of... Details
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Smuts, Peter
Bike-pedal technology has come a long way since you last set foot on your old Schwinn Stingray when you were 11 years old. Nowadays, there are both high-performance and utilitarian choices in every category. What you choose depends on what, how, and where you ride. Here's what you need to know.... Details
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Wantulok, Tara
Camping doesn’t have to be hot dogs on a stick. There are hundreds of easy recipes that can turn a campfire meal into a mouthwatering feast, whether you’re out in the backcountry or just car camping.Begin your evening with these prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and balsamic glaze or balsamic cream,... Details
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Williamson, Dean
Against my grandmother’s advice, I’d like to pass on a rumor. It’s relatively harmless, though I cannot confirm it. It goes something like this. Around the mid-‘60s, a group of women in Japan grew increasingly concerned about their food. They worried about the decreasing number of farms and the... Details
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Bass, Rick
More guests, guests in summer pouring into the homes of all southwest Montanans like water through a breach in the earthen wall of the other nine months, friends and family compressing the long supple year to a single point, vacation, so that Montanans can only joke about it among ourselves, about... Details
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Stagg, Elissa
With gear-bedecked fishermen floating and wading our rivers all summer long, it’s clear that fly fishing has become one of the most popular activities in southwest Montana. And for good reason: it’s exciting, rewarding, and relaxing, and it allows you to spend quality time outdoors. Amazingly, some... Details
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Bailey, John
The Tan Cicada Foam has proved very effective, especially as a second fly behind a salmon fly. In fact, last year I used this fly behind a large salmon fly pattern and caught more fish on it than on the larger fly. And it makes sense: over the years, I've found that caddis patterns sometimes... Details
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Allen, Bob
In this sophisticated age where motor-driven, auto-focused, auto-exposed digital cameras can be shot while blindfolded and produce a useable image through Photoshop trickery, there is still no electronic substitute for thoughtful composition and deliberate content. While the new cameras, cell... Details
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Sather, Kelsey
There's no denying the humble enchantment of the mock-Bavarian village in Leavenworth, Washington. It's a blatant tourist trap, but a lovely one—fake lederhosen and all. More important, the granite boulders nestled in the plush forest nearby offer quality climbing, especially for those with V5 to... Details
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England, Mike
Because Montana doesn't come free."Enthusiasm releases the drive to carry you over obstacles and adds significance to all you do." –Norman Vincent PealeLightning flashed on the horizon as we launched into the Gallatin’s winding current. A post–Sweet Pea impulse had put seven of us on the water at... Details
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Leach, Michael
In a rapidly growing western landscape, the ability to assimilate into the local culture is a skill and even a gift. There are certain cultural norms, such as driving through small towns like Gardiner with your steering hand high on the wheel, ready to greet passersby with the customary index-... Details
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Jelinski, Jack
While hiking along a high bank beside the Gallatin River one day and visualizing my stretch of water for the morning, I was startled by the insistent call of a fisherman down below. “Hey, you there!” he yelled. “You have a creel? I think this fish is going to die!”Resisting my initial impulse to... Details
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Baker, Alicia
We've all done it: lacking energy for that afternoon ride, or trying not to fall asleep at work, we reach for an energy drink. Sure, it beats that pesky sleepiness into submission and keeps us upbeat and alert for another hour or two…but is it really worth it?Monster, Rockstar, Red Bull, AMP, and 5... Details
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Reuss, Dave
The assignment was simple. Since mountain bike races have been gaining popularity around Bozeman in recent years, my boss made me go compete in one—despite the fact that I hadn’t been on a bike in roughly a decade and didn’t know IMBA from NAMBLA. So, in the name of gonzo journalism, I borrowed a... Details
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Anderson, Dr. Spencer
Bozeman is certainly a dog town, and summer is when we have more outdoor adventures with our favorite sidekicks. But there’s a fine line between letting our dogs have a life and not letting them injure themselves too badly or frequently. Being able to avoid or treat some of these common canine... Details
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Henan, Jacob
In homage to the days of Lewis & Clark, the 48th annual Yellowstone Boat Float will launch the morning of July 8 from Livingston and continue downstream—covering 95 miles of historic river bottom—to Laurel by July 10. This three-day, two-night event follows the same route Meriwether Lewis and... Details
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Knight, Phil
Southwest Montana is blessed with hundreds of alpine and subalpine lakes, also known as tarns. Gifts of the glaciers that also carved our iconic mountains, these sparkling little lakes make perfect destinations for overnight hikes. Many of the lakes boast perfect campsites just a stone’s throw from... Details
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Summerfield, David
What are the odds that a 64-year-old chemistry professor would dream up the legendary Bridger Ridge Run? The pieces started to come together when I visited his home to get advice on putting on the run which already bore his name. When I asked for Ed, a woman with fire in her eyes answered, “No, Ed... Details
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Hopper, Carolyn
This info was published summer 2011. Visit our events calendar for updated events. If you don’t know a butt from a tippet or whether a dry fly or nymph is for you, the International Women’s Fly Fishers (IWFF) Festival on September 22-25 at the Gallatin Gateway Inn is your opportunity to find out.... Details
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Vodehnal, Gary
The Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT), the City of Bozeman, and many other partners are working this summer to fix problem areas on trails around town. Here’s what they’ve been up to.Sourdough Gets a Facelift After installing a vault toilet and expanding the parking lot last fall, Sourdough Canyon... Details
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Bertsch, Tiffany
Camping in Montana just got a little easier, if somewhat less spontaneous. This year, campers can reserve their spots in any of 20 Montana state parks via a new reservation system, which includes both online and telephone options. Campsite selection information, photos, campground maps, travel... Details
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Pogge, Drew
“Dude, I had brutal chainsuck on that compound disappearing hill and had to dab twice. Then I did a little crotch testing over the stump—wang chung in a big way. Did you pass that brand whore roadie on the tar?”Say what? Is that even English? If cycle-talk has you spinning (pun intended), read on... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Wanna give fly fishing a try without spending hundreds on gear (and potentially finding out it’s not the sport for you)? The folks over at Phasmid Rentals can arrange just about anything for you. Aptly named after organisms that blend in perfectly with their surroundings, they can supply you with... Details
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Smith, Marjorie
For the past several years, my mother and I have been seeking out new places and spectacular Montana views that even an 89-year-old with limited mobility can enjoy, thanks to my trusty Subaru. Recently, our friend Chuck organized a “codger tour” for us to a corner of Madison County.We began in... Details
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Bertsch, Tiffany
Nearly one month after denying allegations that he fabricated some of the stories in his best-selling book Three Cups of Tea, the plot thickened for Greg Mortenson. Michele Reinhart and Jean Price, both of Great Falls, filed a lawsuit against the author and his corporation, the Central Asia... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
As the old joke goes, whitefish are great smoked, but they’re hard to keep lit. That’s right: smoked whitefish—something many fisher folk have heard of but have never actually tried. Any traditional charcoal barbeque will do; the only benefit of an electric smoker is the ability set the temperature... Details
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Henan, Jacob
This spring, the Gallatin County Resource Advisory Committee committed $8,500 to help reduce trail erosion and increase public safety on the Leverich Canyon Trail. After being moved in 2008 by the Forest Service due to the discovery of Westslope cutthroat trout in the creek, a local mountain-bike... Details
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Hopper, Carolyn
Did you know there’s a wild garden around you? It’s available for your viewing pleasure during easy ambles on trails around town and on steeper stretches that reach up to 10,000 feet. Some of the flowers are like jewels that hug the ground; others paint the view as far as you can see. Three of my... Details
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Wozer, Jeff
“Careful with that stick,” I warned Tanner, my five-year-old nephew, as he waved it wildly about like a symphony conductor testing a new baton. “Don’t worry,” assured Missy, my sister. “Tan wouldn’t hurt a fly.”Three minutes later, Tanner plunged the stick through my rain fly.I didn’t get mad. I... Details
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Reuss, Dave
We’re taking a new twist on the ol’ Bozeman Vs. theme and pitting our backyard national park against Montana’s other famous backcountry get-away: Glacier National Park. But which is the champion? Read on to find out.Main AttractionsGlacier’s pretty blue lakes and mountains are nice, but it’s hard... Details
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Robinson, Dr. Jon
An increase in outdoor activity sometimes means an increase in injuries, including those to the foot and ankle. Walking or running on uneven surfaces such as trails or river bottoms increases the risk of ankle injuries involving tendons, ligaments, or bones.I see ankle injuries on a daily basis.... Details
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VanWert, Brad
Independent Power SystemsFounded in 1996, Independent Power Systems (IPS) offers system design, engineering, and installation. The company mission is to provide the highest quality installations using state-of-the art equipment, making solar electricity the best source for home and business power.... Details
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Jacob Henan
For almost a decade, news stations have inundated the American public with stories of wounded veterans returning from combat, only to face an uncertain future due to their newly-acquired injuries. We know that countless numbers of US service members return every day with life-changing wounds—both... Details
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Houston, Alice
This information was published summer 2011. Visit our events calendar for updated events. Nothing makes for a more pleasant summer evening than strolling the streets, glass of vino in-hand, scoping out inspired works of art. Yep, art walks have become as much of a Montana mainstay as fly fishing... Details
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Bertsch, Tiffany
This information was published in summer 2011 – check our events calendar for updated information. No more soggy running shoes, dodging snow banks, or fogged-up sunglasses: it’s finally summer! And there’s no better way to celebrate Montana’s few months of good weather than by getting out and... Details
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Kremer, Sarah
We’ve all exhausted ourselves enjoying Mother Nature’s struggle between snow and sunshine, skiing one day and biking the next. But as the days lengthen and the temperatures rise, the Pied Piper of summer beckons us from the rivers and trails. Back into town we go, eager to bind to our own kind with... Details
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Stoops, Kira
There's a reason tourists arrive in droves come summer: to bug you. Their unscuffed hiking boots mock your hard-won, raggedy Chacos; their souvenir-shop tees proclaim showy affection for the state you love best. Inhaling lungfuls of the West's trademark fresh air, the beaming visitors seem to rub... Details
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Williamson, Dean
CSA programs offer direct sales of food from producer to consumer, typically weekly, throughout the producing season. Here are some local options.Amaltheia Organic Dairy. Organic goat cheese and organic pork. amaltheiadairy.com.Field Day Farms. Produce. fielddayfarms.com.Gallatin Valley Botanical.... Details
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Smith, Greg
It’s a beautiful late July afternoon. You and your best friend are biking your favorite singletrack: the Wall of Death. Out in front, as you maneuver a challenging downhill stretch, you hear your friend let out a yell. You turn around to look and she’s gone. Then you see her bike a good 25 feet... Details
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Bertsch, Tiffany
Canon and the American Park Network are once again offering free digital photography workshops in Yellowstone National Park; they're scheduled this year for August 1-7. The free workshops—led by nationally recognized professional photographers including Darrell Gulin—are offered daily at 8:30am, 12... Details
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VanWert, Brad
It might seem that our society’s concerns for fossil-fueled dependence have only transpired within the last few decades, but as it turns out, research and development of more sustainable fuel sources dates back to the 1800s. And now, over 300 years later, the sun is still our most abundant source... Details
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Pape, Jay
"I believe the way toward mastery of any endeavor is to work toward simplicity; replace complex technology with knowledge, hard work, and skill." –Yvon ChouinardA resurrected form of fly fishing called tenkara has been gaining steam recently, and its simplicity caught my eye following frustrated... Details
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Menges, Brian
A barbecue party is an awesome social event: laughing with your friends, grabbing beers out of the cooler, sharing big bowls of snacks. Everything is going great… until you get to the main course. Instead of flirting with the cute blonde, you’re now hunched over in a lawn chair with a paper plate... Details
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Lunden, Dr. Jason
Running injuries are very common—up to 60% of runners get one while training or racing. Most of the time, the injuries are damage that occurs due to repetitive stress. After all, a typical runner takes over 5,000 steps during a 30-minute run, and that may interact with underlying muscular... Details
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Stone, Robert
The Hidden Lakes are a series of eight high mountain lakes in the Gallatin Range between Bozeman and Big Sky. The chain of lakes, at the base of a ridge, rests at an altitude of 9,000 feet. The Hidden Lakes Trail begins above 8,000 feet and follows a ridge with spectacular vistas. En route, the... Details
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Reuss, Dave
Everyone knows that carrying bear spray is essential when a big grizzly sees red—but not everyone knows how to dispose of their half-used or empty cans while staying green. Now, thanks to Counter Assault and The Yellowstone Park Foundation, you can recycle any type of bear spray for free at four... Details
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Parks, Matthew
You’ve thought about it. Some of your friends do it. However, you’re not quite sure how to do it. Don’t be intimidated—participating in your first triathlon is a wonderful endeavor that you can accomplish. The most important thing is keeping your training as simple as possible, since triathlon... Details

Gear Reviews

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England, Mike
We’ve all done it: forgotten our pup’s leash and had to run back home or risk causing trouble, either with an out-of-control dog or an overzealous animal-control officer. And with Bozeman’s leash laws getting ever stricter—and more and more people failing to properly train their dogs—forgetting... Details
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England, Mike
Part of Jansport’s new Cloud Ripper series, the Tehipite 42 is a lightweight and surprisingly sturdy backpack. The back panel, shoulder straps, and hip belt are shaped, vented, and heavily padded, keeping the Tehipite’s 42-liter load snug and comfortable on the back. A unique suspension system—... Details
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McCarthy, Chris
The wet spring weather definitely got me thinking about a good raincoat—something lightweight, easy to pack, and (obviously) waterproof—and the Outdoor Research Helium Jacket gets the job done. The jacket compresses down to the size of a half-pound burger, it can be hooked onto a backpack, and fits... Details
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England, Mike
Summertime in the Rockies calls for two kinds of shorts—a lightweight model that dries quickly, for days spent on the water; and a heavyweight that can take a Montana-style beating. For the latter, you won’t find a better option than Arborwear’s Original Shorts. I’ve been an Arborwear fan for years... Details
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Ebeling, Chris
Breaking out the Stretch Cohesion pants for the first time, I was immediately confused—why do the zippers go only ¾ of the way up? Then I hoisted my pack over them—the zippers stay out from under your hip belt, making them comfortable even on long, rainy days. The conduit DT laminate brings the... Details
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Mangels, Angie
If you’ve ever suffered a knee injury (like me), you’ll probably find yourself looking for the best way to avoid a repeat of that dreadful scenario. The first time I laid eyes on the Asterisk Cell Knee Protection System, I was intrigued by the dynamics of the braces and the support they offer. They... Details
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Sundborg, Caitlin
Help Gaia and your body with the EcoMat Ultra. The mat is 100% biodegradable and recyclable, and closed-cell technology prevents germs, bacteria, and odor from penetrating its surface. The Organic Yoga Mat Cleaner has a nice fresh scent and helps to both clean and preserve the surface of the mat.... Details
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England, Mike
The curative power of glucosamine is well documented, especially for aging dogs and those with joint problems. If your pooch is starting to slow down or feel sore after exercise, pick up a bottle of Hip+Joint from Pet Naturals. In addition to glucosamine, Hip+Joint has chondroitin, MSM, and other... Details
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McCarthy, Chris
Since I’d rather not amass a closet full of shoes, I typically look for a shoe that can perform in a variety of terrain and functions. That's exactly the shoe I got with the Scarpa Blitz Boa. From the treadmill to the trails, the Blitz is a great all-around shoe. It’s lightweight, has great support... Details
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Baker, Alicia
“Wow, your skin seems brighter,” a friend told me recently. I replied that I’ve been using the Jakaré skin care system—an all-natural, organic system made by Bozemanite Karie Baumann. I’ve tried several products, but one I cannot rave enough about is called Hydra X Xtreme Moisturizing Serum, which... Details
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England, Mike
For a good all-around solo boat that’s friendly to beginners yet still satisfies the seasoned river rat, try the Mad River Outrage (blue). At 52 pounds and 12 feet long, this versatile playboat is short enough to maneuver around obstacles, stable enough to handle big waves, and nimble enough to... Details
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Asay, Pat
Despite Bozeman’s extended winter, the lightweight Badrock trail shoe took me to some of my favorite routes; it also let me log a few treadmill and road miles. The shoe is very stable, with good cushioning and excellent traction on just about any surface. A forefoot trail shield provides protection... Details
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Sundborg, Caitlin
I finally decided that it was time to start sculpting the “beach bod” and realized that my old tennies were on their last leg. I’ve needed an upgrade for a while, but I never expected to feel and notice such a difference. Usually when I run, my arches and knees begin aching after ten minutes. The... Details
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England, Mike
Far be it from me to eschew the trusty cotton t-shirt (once a Luddite, always a Luddite), but when I need a garment that dries faster than swamp mud, I reach for my Travex Guide Shirt from Eddie Bauer. This super lightweight top fits and feels great whether I’m on the river, climbing a mountain, or... Details
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McCarthy, Chris
Sick of getting your stuff soaked while floating? A beefy Dry Box from Bozeman’s Mad Cow Metal Works is the ticket. The standard container (36” x 13” x 13.5”) is a great all-around box, providing plenty of room for your blue tarp, pump, patch kit, first aid kit, camping gear, food, and that special... Details
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Mike England
If you’re like me, you’ve spent as much time in the back of your truck scouring cluttered piles of fishing gear as you have actually casting for trout on the river. And Murphy’s Law clearly states that your dry-fly box will disappear into the jumbled mess at the exact moment the fish start rising.... Details
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Krueger, Ryan
Cycling Socks by Vitalsox are designed to be the ideal interface between foot and bike shoe. They are lightweight and have ankle and arch support, as well as ventilation. The people at Vitalsox also found a way to add a padding system in the forefoot area that can serve as miniature shock absorbers... Details
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Reuss, Dave
After watching a few unsettling documentaries about how disgustingly overprocessed our food has become, it became clear that I ought to start paying attention to what I put in my mouth. Enter Wings of Nature Bars: there are no tongue-twisting “high fructose God-knows-what” ingredients—only tasty,... Details
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Reuss, Dave
I went climbing about 90 days last year—and almost every time, I’d wriggle out of my harness whenever there was a lull in the action. I just figured cramping was a necessary evil. But as soon as I slipped on the bright green Black Diamond Ozone sport harness, I was stunned. I couldn’t even tell I... Details
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Ebeling, Chris
For many years, if a backpacker wanted a solo shelter under three pounds, he or she had to choose between a two-pole tunnel tent, a hooped bivy sack, or a tarp-style shelter. All of these left either livable space or weather-proofing to the imagination. Thankfully, MSR has set out to break this... Details
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England, Mike
For multi-day backpacking trips where space and weight are major concerns, a lightweight, minimalist shelter can turn an otherwise arduous slog into a pleasant stroll through the summer woods. Options abound these days, but we like the NEMO Meta 1P. Search all you want—there’s no full-feature... Details
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England, Mike
If you’re a casual backpacker or just learning to explore the backcountry, you may not want to drop several hundo on a tent that’ll only get used a few times per year. An inexpensive, all-purpose alternative that will hold up well and keep you comfortable in most conditions is the Apex 2XT by... Details
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Krueger, Ryan
Once a paddle unavailable for purchase, the AT2 Superduty by Adventure Technologies is now on the market and has been designed with nothing left out. Offering everything that you expect from a vital piece of gear, this thing features a comfortable and controllable ergonomic grip, superior strength... Details
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England, Mike
If you've ever spend a restless night with your head rolling across a lumpy pile of sweat-soaked clothing, you know how important a good backpacking pillow can be. Problem is, most of them suck—they either take up half the pack or are so slick that your noggin slides right off. Enter the Fillo ... Details
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Krueger, Ryan
I live on your feet. I keep your toes warm in the chilly springtime flows and I feed you beer when you fail. I protect you from rocks and sticks and I allow you to move freely along riverbanks and bottoms. I am the Scout bootie by Kokatat and I am your new best friend. Comfortable, reliable, and... Details

Additional Articles

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Foster, John Clay
        The cows watch from the high point of the river,bulls, even buffalo are curious to see what the strange creatures are doingin the middle of the Madison, wading, some floating with guides.Some are families with spin-casting poles from the ‘80s,one has Mickey Mouse on the reel.There is an old... Details
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Krueger, Susan Krall
A languid horizon beckons the obliging sun to their ephemeral interludethe golden funnel softens as the dancers find their placesmagenta, azure, and crimson swirl in a tryst with cirrus nymphs,slowly the couples spiral toward the yellow-orange funnel of fire.Below, the cathedral dusk summons... Details
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Pogge, Drew
The dude’s feet are disgustin’Dirty and scarred and scabbedNo more’n stubs with ten digitsLike pink, fleshy batterin’ ramsBut each scab has a storyAnd each scrape a tall taleHe wears his scars proudlyAnd why shouldn’t he, pray tellHis right heel’s purt uglyA 20-mile day, with 40 pounds loadedIn new... Details

Book Reviews

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England, Mike
Montanans know all too well the dread-inducing buzz of a rattlesnake’s tail—and how these slithering serpents can cast a dark shadow over an otherwise glorious summer day. But did you know that like other poisonous snakes, rattlers have “mimic” species which look and act like them yet are perfectly... Details
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Mike England
If exploring the unknown on foot holds any appeal, open up Peakbagging Montana (Riverbend Publishing, $15) and prepare for a long summer—and a lifetime, for that matter—of vigorous outdoor adventure. Author Cedron Jones outlines 53 hikes and scrambles under the Big Sky, from classics like Granite... Details
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England, Mike
No Montana summer would be complete without a few days (or a few dozen) spent fishing, and nothing will inspire you to gear up and head for the water quite like Blue Lines: A Fishing Life (Riverbend Publishing, $13) by Tom Reed. This collection of stories revolves around small streams, the “blue... Details
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England, Mike
For more interesting facts about the natural world, check out Curious Folks Ask 2 (FT Press, $20), the sequel to Dr. Sherry Seethaler’s 2009 bestseller. A renowned scholar and science writer, Seethaler explains 188 common unknowns—like why stationary clouds form over mountain peaks, how static... Details

Columns

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Editors
Don’t Chide the Cheese StateEditors, I want to thank you for continually putting out such a quality free publication for us here in southwest Montana. I look forward to it each season. There is one thing bothering me, however, from the Winter 2010-11 issue. In the Bozeman vs. Moab piece (p.10),... Details
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CORRECTION: In last season’s How Far Will You Go section (Spring 2011, p. 10), we incorrectly captioned Diane Alexander’s photo—she was standing not with her husband Michael Alexander, but with Peter Hillary, son of Sir Edmund Hillary (the first person, along with Tenzing Norgay, to summit Mount... Details
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Outside Bozeman Summer Hit ListIt’s arrived… O/B’s long-awaited version of the Best of Bozeman. Take photos of yourself engaging in southwest Montana’s 20 most quintessential outdoor activities—climbing Sacagawea, fishing the Madison, paddling the Mad Mile, biking the Bangtail Divide, running the... Details
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From braving the icy chill of Antarctica to navigating the ancient ruins of Macchu Picchu, intrepid Bozemanites circled the globe with their favorite rag in hand, sending us their best images from far and wide. The best photo comes from Brian Citro, during his camelback tour of Cairo. As the big... Details

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